My Politics

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This is something that people have not asked to know, but I am writing this post for a good reason. Firstly, I don’t think I have publicly stated my views before. I also feel, after four years in University, that views become criminalised and turned into thought crimes. So here it goes.

My Views

Politically, I am on the left of the political spectrum. And firmly in the left. However, where I differentiate myself from many of my friends on the liberal left is that I consider myself to be Libertarian, both economically and socially. While I have always been on the left, I have fluctuated with my support to various parties and causes.

Where I differ from the mainstream left is that I believe that identity politics and thought policing from a minority has a negative impact on all people. You see this in modern-day Social Justice politics. People who virtue signal their support for ‘the good fight’. It doesn’t matter what fight, any fight. If you support the rights of two people to do whatever, then good for you. So do I, but I don’t see it as your place to force values on people.

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My Political Compass standing (Jul 2019)

I also distrust authority. In an age where you can put your details down on a website to be freely viewed by faceless people, and then viewed closer by even more faceless people, means that you cannot freely speak. When I see politicians arguing for greater security, they mean that they do not want private enterprise looking at their details, or yours.

My Influences

Nietzsche said that ‘God is Dead’. And he refers to the enlightenment when he says this. Enlightenment ideas had people, particularly the increasingly educated working and middle classes, question the authority of their day, the King, and absolutism, that is mandated by a God. If there is no god, then who justifies oppression? I make the argument that this is an unfinished revolution.

Secondly, Ayn Rand’s objectivism. She says, and I quote, that “the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute”. Rand’s views are objectively libertarian, even if used for mnetary absolutism. Humanity should, in my view, focus on its collective progress and evolution, based on research and reason.

Finally, Jean-Paul Satre’s writings on existentialism. His simplest and most basic statement was that ‘Man is condemned to be free’. Coupled with Nietzsche, God isn’t only dead, but non-existent. God is not real. Humanity is left alone, without excuse. Therefore, it is shepherded by institutions, ideologies, and expectations.

I don’t advocate for a revolution, mind. Revolutions just destroy institutions and allow new ones to influence us. I just think we, as humans, must realise our full potential. Basically, leave us alone.

The Perfect Society?

There is none. Simple as. If I gave you an ideal society, some would cling to it, some would ridicule it. The perfect society is yours, not mine. Perfection falls short. That is not good. And my views do not solve all of society’s ills. Society’s ills will take generations to actually fix and solve. If ever.

We should run our utilities through cooperatives, not through public or private ownership. Your government will be busy building park benches and painting on roads while defending the country. Meanwhile, I’ll teach your kids to study history, because that is what I want to do, and what they want to study. I will have a drink of what I like, and eat what I like too. To me, that’s the start of a good society, that’d work for me.

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Since 2012, Benjamin Attwood has written for the If you Ask Ben blog.

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